H.W. Brands: Our First Civil War

H.W. Brands: Our First Civil War

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Thursday, December 9, 2021 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM


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Eberhard Center, Room 215

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Prior to the American Revolution, George Washington sat at the peak of Virginia society, while Benjamin Franklin sat higher still. What did these men have in common? Both owed their success to the British Empire and both took up arms against it, with the likes of a more likely rebel in John Adams. Franklin’s own son, William, on the other hand, remained loyal to the British.  He was not alone, joined by Joseph Galloway and Thomas Hutchinson, a royal governor and family friend of the Franklins. While some became rebels, others became traitors for not betraying the country in which they grew up.

What causes a man to forsake his country and take arms against it? Bestselling author H.W. Brands, in his newest book Our First Civil War: Patriots and Loyalists in the American Revolution, cautions us to remember that before America could win the revolution, the rebels had to win a bitter war against friends and family. Join the Hauenstein Center and the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation, Library, and Museum as we welcome back one of West Michigan’s favorites in H.W. Brands to offer a fresh perspective on the American Revolution. 

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